I just have to recommend everyone in here this wonderful piece of animated film called Mai Mai Shinko to Sennen no Mahou (also known as Mai Mai Miracle). Simply pleasant, and highly reminiscent of Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro (and in a sense Satoshi Kon’s Millennium Actress)
What about Koreha Zombie Desu ka and Infinite Stratos?
Are you talking about my impressions for the winter anime? I only have time to watch a handful of shows every season; and using the power of deduction, I dismiss shows that aren’t suited to my taste based on their synopsis. I know, it’s unfortunate, but I won’t watch Zombie or I.S. this time around. (Unless it’s been recommended to be really good. ) :)
It exudes somewhat a Miyazaki feel in it. However, everything feels like it’s been done before. It even resembles Castle in the Sky in so many ways. We’ll see if this can keep up and offer something fresh in the future.
Surprisingly, with the help of another production, Pierrot would make this a good adaptation of the manga. It’s quite funny.
Very experimental. Combining quite a dark theme on mahou shoujo could be difficult. Shinbo’s direction can be unpredictably good or bad at times. I dig schizophrenic visuals and Kajiura’s magnificent music though.
Good visuals; I dig the color palette used here. But for some reason, I found most of the show to be overly melodramatic, giving off a ‘pretentious’ feel in it.
Iron Man anime was bad, so I lowered my expectations here. Dull plot, but the action is surprisingly decent.
Characters seems very flat and I don’t think this will turn into something great. But we’ll see
FANSERVICE SHIT. And some decapitations. AND MORE FANSERVICE SHIT.
The only that I might watch is Houkago no Pleiades and Supernatural: the Animation, but I’m not so excited about them. Guess be watching more older shows.
tristifical - causing to be sad or mournful. eternitarian - one who believes in the eternity of the soul. cosmogyral - whirling round the universe. siagonology - study of jaw-bones. autexousious - exercising or possessing free will. nepheliad - cloud-nymph. gardeviance -chest for valuables; a travelling trunk. ictuate - to emphasize. senticous - prickly; thorny. interfation - act of interrupting another while speaking. nequient - not being able. sparsile - of a star, not included in any constellation. perantique - very antique or ancient. vacivity - emptiness. redamancy - act of loving in return. starrify - to decorate with stars; to make into a star.
The next too will be written a few hours from now. I’m gonna watch some anime first. Heh.
Giant Killing(Studio DEEN, 26 eps. Spring 2010)
One of Japan’s football team, East Tokyo United, has been struggling to get in the top teams on the country for years. Tatsumi Takeshi, a former football star who abandoned ETU, has been hired to take the role of football coach for the team. But getting through the top against other teams would be difficult, because ETU is a dysfunctional team of players with issues to begin with. And Tatsumi is not your ordinary coach either..
This is the closest to an actual football game that you’d see in anime. And no, you don’t need to enjoy football to enjoy this.
A good football series, with nice action and some good ‘slice-of-life’ moments. No random powerups, no power of friendship and courage to conquer enemies, and no homolust between characters (usually abounds sports anime). In short, no pandering. Distinct art; and the main character and some other players on the team are interesting.
Can be a tad predictable at times. Some parts have pacing that is so sluggish that it weakens an otherwise exciting match, but that’s very rare. Some of the characters are quite forgettable, too. I think they could have done a bit better to fleshes out some of the characters.
For some reason, I don’t have anything ugly to say for this anime. I don’t know, maybe Gino’s incredibly fabulous aura? But that’s a good thing..
Recommended shows: One Outs, Eyeshield 21, Hungry Heart Wild Striker
Here’s the continuation of the previous blog. Hopefully, I can finish everything up to tonight.
Arakawa Under the Bridge(SHAFT, 13 eps. each, Spring 2010/Fall 2010)
Ichinomiya Kou is a successful executive, but one day he encountered a strange girl who lives under the bridge. With unforeseen circumstances, he was forced to live there together with Nino and a bunch of weird inhabitants of the said under-bridge. And hilarity ensues..
I cheated a bit to include both seasons in a single spot, but they are basically the same and the short interval between seasons make them seem like a single series. This is some real funny stuff. (Don’t blame my accursed sense of humor if you don’t find the series comical.)
Assorted, quirky characters. And some of them are just retardedly funny. The show is totally hilarious most of the time, and the gradual introduction of side characters helps gets accustomed to them quite easily. The art is easy on the eyes and the voice-acting and background music are quite good.
Jokes can get repetitive at times. Manzai-esque gags are overused. The narrator sometimes kills the jokes, for the narrative doesn’t fit some situations. Also, camera work (direction courtesy of the famous Akiyuki Shinbou) can get head-inducing if you are not used to this schizophrenic panning and quick shot changes.
Maria’s ego-destroying words are ugly.. in a good way. Also, those kid’s overgrown muscles in one episode of the second season. Like, wtf?! (And guaranteed, there are tons more of WTF moments throughout both seasons.)
Recommend shows: Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei; Detroit Metal City; Cromartie High School
I was so sick yesterday that I can barely able to stand to attend class. And tonight I’m reviewing for an exam. I feel really tired to continue my blog about the top 10 2010 (that no one cares about anyway lol)
But then, some great news that gets me pumped up..
It was announced that the first part of the new Berserk anime project will be a theatrical release this 2011. Rumor has it that it will be a series of movies (ala Hellsing Ultimate/Rebuild of Evangelion) and that Studio 4C (Mind Game, Detroit Metal City, Sweat Punch, etc.) will be responsible for the animation.
If that is true, this could be masterpiece in the works that every anime fan should see.
Top 10 Anime of 2010: #9 Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu
As I write this, my uncle and aunt is having a heated, almost physical argument next door. Definitely a good background noise while writing a ‘review’.
Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu (Silver Link, 13 eps., Winter 2010)
Baka means stupid. And yes, this show is about a stupid guy, with some of his stupid friends. They fight their way to get proper school furnitures for their class, for their ilk belongs to Class F, a class composed of students that failed on several tests. To battle through rest of the higher class, they used ‘summoned beasts’ that reflects their personalities and strength based on their test scores.
Wait, what? It’s hard to explain what is happening in a few words, because everything in here is just crazy. Dumb yourself a bit and take the characters on face value, you can certainly enjoy this show even though it doesn’t have any substance.
Clever jokes on most points of the series. Yes, it’s all about the simpletons. And as for a good comedy, the voice acting helps a lot. The graphics is quite good and gets the job done, but nothing really breath-taking.
Generic character design can get can turn-off those wanting something fresh. And the setting is not innovative either. (A school comedy certainly is very new!) People who aren’t into LOLRANDOMXD comedy should avoid this.
That big-boobied, pink-haired girl looks ugly. No, she ain’t cute. At all.
Recommended shows: School Rumble, (insert another random school comedy show here)
So here it is. I would write each spot on the top 10 on a separate post. I’m taking quite some time between posts because it is actually hard to remember the details of those you’ve watched months ago. And I’m also preoccupied with a lot of other things.
Sora no Woto (A-1 Pictures, 12 eps., Winter 2010)
Kanata joined the military inspired by a female soldier that rescued her as a child. She was assigned to a post on a tower under the command of Sergeant Rio, where she works as a bugler.
No, it’s not K-ON!! on a military. It’s a post-apocalyptic slice-of-life show that deals with everyday life of female soldiers waiting for an unknown enemy. While the concept is good, it could have been way better if there’s enough world building and the characters are fleshed out even more.
Most noticeable thing here are the beautiful, detailed sceneries, that reflects vividly the setting. An amazing sountrack also accompanies it and sets the mood of the series. There’s a few notable themes that are rarely used in most anime, like post-traumatic stress disorder.
Awful characterization and a weak climax. All the main characters are bland archetypes, and the lack of plot didn’t quite help to get more connected with them. As for being a laid-back slice-of-life, there are a handful more that did quite better in that department.
Kanata is Yui. But at least she’s less retarded. Also, the fact that I could never have a Tank-kun figure..
Recommended shows: Haibane Renmei; Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou; Aria (though I haven’t seen this yet orz)
Starting this blog with a couple of decent series that fell quite short of being in the top 10 list. I will be using a ‘quick review’ format from now on, including future reviews that I may write some time.
Shiki (Daume, 22 eps. Summer 2010)
A series of unexplained deaths haunts the small village of Sotoba. As days go by, the villagers wonder about the strange incidents, and unknowingly a group of risen ‘vampires’ roam around the town.
A bunch of good ideas thrown in with a good pacing and blended well in the first half of the series, but somehow loses its focus and plagued with a horde of uninteresting characters.
Good pacing, interesting premise, and a fitting soundtrack. There are also moments where some characters shine and stole the spotlight on otherwise uneventful episodes. Special mention to Dr. Ozaki.
Too much unnecessary characters that lead to a bad focus and waste of screentime. The shock value was pretty low which could have been the anime’s selling point. I figured it tried to inflict horror based on a false sense of security, but it failed on that. Also, plotholes abound the final struggle.
Masao. He’s ugly both in appearance and personality. And the gravity defying hair of some characters will force you to not take the series seriously.
Recommend shows: Higurashi no Naku Koro ni; Dance in the Vampire Bund (if you can stomach this turd)
—————————————————————————————— Rainbow - Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin(MADHOUSE, 26 eps. Spring 2010)
Violence, suffering, and humiliation awaits six teenagers on a prison filled with remorseful personnel. Here, they met in a cell of their own a man named Rokurota Sakuragi, who would accompany their struggle on the harsh reformatory.
Emotions flow throught the series, but sometimes you can’t help but laugh on some otherwise dramatic events, marred obviously by cheesy dialogues.
Great art from Madhouse as usual. The color palettes really accompanies the supposedly gritty feel it should have. There are moments where emotions of certain characters can rather get into the viewers.
Manliness for the sake of being manly can get bad when accompanied with uninspired writing. Overly done and cliched dialogue. If you have watched enough anime, you can recognize the cheese in the script and even predict some lines ahead.
Fat, buttsexing gay doctor’s butt aired on television. Good riddance.
Recommended shows: Phantom: Requiem of the Phantom; Texhnolyze; Hajime no Ippo (because Rainbow includes boxing at some point)
I will be writing a top 10 anime of 2010. A few consecutive blogs about series that stood out the year.
Note that while I try to be objective as much as possible, this assessment would also be touched with a few subjectivity. So basically, the list reflects my taste more than a relative ‘success’ of the series. Besides, I’ve seen only about 35 series this year (not including OVAs, movies and specials) which is nowhere near everything of the anime made for 2010. So take everything with a grain of salt.
This writing is to achieve something of a personal fulfillment; I don’t dream to be some kind of an anime blogging star. You can always find more reliable Top 10 anime blogs somewhere around the net.
But of course, feel free to comment anytime! Blog starts tomorrow..